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Samuel Smiths Strong Golden

Formerly brewed at Samuel Smith
Style: Barley Wine
Tadcaster, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Bottle: Pasteurised.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (44000) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
Bottled: Dark golden coloured. clear. Beige dense head. Alcohol, sweetness, fruit and light liqourice in the aroma. Flavour of plums, sweetness, distinct alcohol and some vague smokyness. Is very madeiraish. Medium bodied. Has a sweet and alcoholdense finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (40454) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 1, 2008
18 cL bottle, thanks to BelJohansen. Pours slight hazy orange with a lacing white head. Dark malt, dried fruit and a light oldish/aged note. Flavour is sweet and fruity. Lingering caramel flavoured into the finish with a lingering fruity finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34360) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2005
A hazy orange beer with a small orange head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of alcohol, which also gives it hints of metal, and for me it also contains an off-note of carpet. The flavor is very sweet and very alcoholic, the alcohol dries out the mouth, but the flavor also contains notes of peach and caramel. Not as good as expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2005
Bottled at DBF 2005. Orange coloured with a white head. Sweet fruity aroma with notes of alcohol and honey. Sweet flavour with lots of fruits and spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25339) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 9, 2009
Bottled (from Cracked Kettle). Amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is quite fruity, alcoholic and also has some biscuity notes. Flavour is smooth fruits, some wood as well as alcohol. Not really a complex brew, but indeed very balanced and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2005
(Bottle 18 cl) Clear, pale amber with a very small head. Sweetish with an incredibly full body. Lots of sweet malt, but the sweetness never gets cloying. Incredibly complex, the kind of beer that slowly grows in you mouth in a fantastic palette of flavour impressions. Big positive surprise. 220505

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (23513) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2008
<i>Bottled at Monks Café Wallingatan, Stockholm. </i> Clear amber, brief head. Resiny hops up front. Sweet and dense, quite hoppy. Gets drier underway when the intense doughy malt takes over. Salty resiny finish. Warming, but not very complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2012
19th June 2010
Hazy brown beer. Short lived white head. Dry palate. Rich malt, spicy. Bitterish toffee and subtle but tart orange fruit. A little brandy in the finish. No the smoothest but a no-nonsense barleywine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2005
Filtered. Amber color, nice head. Strong mouthfeel, oily, warming, alcoholic, like a strong powerful lager; at the end gets better, with a very strong bitterness, like top fermented flavors, caramel, some sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2015
Bottle shared at GBBF 2015, day 2 - London. Thanks, Daniel. Vintage uncertain, perhaps from the 1980s. Pours clear golden-copper with a slight, bubbly white head. The nose holds dank ripe fruits, toffee, faint earth, leaves, damp wood. Medium sweet flavor with lots of musty old wood, caramel, figs and nips of alcohol. Full bodied, oily and chewy, with soft carbonation. Warming finish, with further notes of old fruits and caramel. Has aged relatively well. Still some interesting characteristics to be had here.

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